China’s Express Carriers Eye Rapid International Expansion

Shanghai-based YTO Express last week announced its fourth international cargo service when its B757-200F started service from Changsha Huanghua International Airport to Manila, the Philippines.
YTO said it will initially operate the Changsha-Manila service three times a week and will increase the frequency based on market demand.
YTO currently has four international freighter services, including Tianjin-Central Asia, Zhengzhou-Tokyo, Changsha-Dhaka, and Changsha-Manila.

Trans-Pac flights coming soon
This month, China’s largest express operator, Shenzhen-based SF Express will launch trans-Pacific services with a leased (ACMI) 747-400F from Atlas Air. Although city pairs have not been
announced at press time, insiders assume that the flights will connect China’s East Coast with the Los Angeles-metro area. The carrier has deployed 767-300BCFs on international routes before and
last year purchased two ex-Jade Cargo 747Fs. One of the aircraft is currently at GAMECO’s maintenance facility in Guangzhou, while the second unit remains in storage at Shanghai’s Pudong airport.